After one of the most troubling years in recent times, it is safe to say that we are all looking forward to a well-deserved, albeit socially-distant, Christmas celebration. In fact, you may have already noticed that your neighbours have put up their lights and decorated their tree early in a bid to spread the festive cheer. There is nothing worse than a chaotic Christmas in a messy home, so we’ve put together a few top tips to help you declutter in time for the big day…
Get behind the furniture
Be honest, can you remember the last time you really cleaned behind the sofa or pulled out your wardrobe to remove the layer of dust lingering behind? We are all guilty of only cleaning what we can see from time to time and this means that our furniture is often hiding some nasty surprises. As a recommendation, you should clean behind/under large items such as these twice a year which is why Christmas is the perfect excuse to declutter and clean! After all, you’ll soon be exhausted from all the mince pies and mulled wine once the festive season really gets underway!
During your Christmas decluttering, you may find it hard to part with certain items and really make the most out of the entire process. With this said, it is important to be ruthless because the vast majority of things are hoarded for no reason other than sentimentality. Of course, it is perfectly fine to place important items into a ‘memory box’, however be strict and try not to allow yourself to hang onto things ‘just in case’ – they will only take up valuable space that you can put to good use in 2021!
This year has certainly been difficult for everyone; however, it is no secret that some have suffered more than others. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their job and tens of thousands of businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, a lot of families may be struggling to provide a festive Christmas and you could make a lot of difference by donating any unwanted items you discover when decluttering your home. Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
Many people choose to declutter during the first quarter of the new year as part of the occasion dubbed ‘spring cleaning’, however there is nothing more therapeutic than a deep clean in preparation for Christmas. After all, you could stumble across some items you’ve had tucked away at the back of your closet that would make an excellent Christmas gift for another family, and donations in all their forms have certainly been appreciated in 2020. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to put on your rubber gloves and get to work!